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    Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    Feeling sinful? There's an app for that.

    It's been a long 500 years, but finally Catholic souls can again be cleansed without a visit to the priest. In the middle ages one had to buy pricey get-out-of-hell-free cards known as indulgences from traveling pardoners — what, you think cathedrals grow on trees?!

    These days the same absolution can be gained by spending $1.99 for the Confession application for iPhones and iPads. It even comes with the Roman Catholic seal of approval via an imprimatur from Fort Wayne, Ind., bishop Kevin Rhodes.
    In other news, Pat Robertson has written a letter to the Vatican, requesting a franchise.

    Article is here.
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    Re: Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    In other news, Pat Robertson has written a letter to the Vatican, requesting a franchise.

    Article is here.
    I think it's a great idea, technological innovation and religion can go hand in hand.

    Speaking of the catholic church and technological innovation, perhaps a shock colour for pedophile priests would be a problem solver?

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    Re: Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    When I first heard about this, I was stunned. BTW, that imprimateur likely is only effective for Fr. Rhode's bishopric... I have to check the rules on that. It certainly does not apply to where I live... and quite frankly, I think the experience and clensing that is a part of the sacrament of reconciliation is lost with an ap like this...

    EDIT: Just did some reading on this and it seems that Imprimatur only applies to printed works. I have yet to see any instances where it applies to such an electronic device.

    I also have one other issue, who stores the data? In Confession, one assumes a confidentiality of the Confessional... does that apply with this ap? I wonder if that bishop had that in mind...
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    Re: Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    Everyone else can just use Group Hug | Anonymous online confessions

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    Re: Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    Odd.

    I'm not interested in the Catholic religion, so what they do doesn't mean much to me.

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    Re: Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    IRRC, the app was actually just a reference guide for confessing, not an actual replacement for confession itself. The Vatican approves the app only when used an an aid, not a substitute for talking with a priest.

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    Re: Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    IRRC, the app was actually just a reference guide for confessing, not an actual replacement for confession itself. The Vatican approves the app only when used an an aid, not a substitute for talking with a priest.
    That makes a lot of sense. Preparation for Confession is very important for a beneficial and satisfying Confessional experience... it really is very important...
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    Apple has privatized Redemption! Woot!

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    Re: Forgive me iPhone for I have sinned: The absurdity of the new Confession App

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    In other news, Pat Robertson has written a letter to the Vatican, requesting a franchise.

    Article is here.
    No doubt this violates some liberal's 1st Amendment rights of freedom from religion.
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